Rohit Sharma is a formidable opener, and the whole world knows that. His prowess in the limited over format of the game has been established over the years. But on Friday, he added another feather to his hat in the heated encounter against Australia.
Rohit Sharma has been collecting all the accolades in the T20Is recently. He is the most run-getter in this format and the second-most half-century scorer.
On Friday, he pipped Martin Guptill again to get another record to his name.
Rohit Sharma breaks Guptill’s record of most Sixes in T20I
Earlier this year, Sharma had overtaken Guptill to become the highest run-scorer in T20Is. Yesterday, he overtook him to become the leading six-hitter in T20Is.
Rohit Sharma now has 174* sixes to his name, two more than Guptill’s tally of 172.
Sharma scored 4 sixes in his inning of 46 off just 20 balls. His blistering knock was a joy to watch. Especially those massive sixes.
The night started with a pull shot for six in front of the square, and the fans knew that it would be a memorable inning by the Indian skipper. And Sharma didn’t let them down.
In the next ball, he slammed a trademark Pull over square leg to make it 2 in 2. His third 6 was another pull scored off a slower delivery off Pat Cummins, who was delivering a great mixture in pace. The 4th one was special as it came in the offside, over the long off. Throwing the opposition captain into a conundrum.
Rohit leading India over the line
Rohit Sharma was the pillar around which Indian batters prospered in the rain-affected game.
The match was reduced to just eight overs because of the wet outfield. And Rohit Sharma chose to field first after winning the toss.
While his bowlers had done a great job, to begin with, Matthew Wade stole the game from India in the final overs. His inning of 43 off 20 was pivotal for Australia. And it took them to a total of 90 off their eight overs.
In second, India came out guns blazing. Rohit Sharma and Rahul accumulated 20 runs off the first over to set the scene for India.
Although they suffered a few hiccups on the way, it was Sharma who stood firm. Wickets fell around him, but he didn’t change his approach to the game.
As a result, India only required 10 off the final over. And the finisher Dinesh Karthik did the job for his team in the first few deliveries of the over. Hence, winning the game for India with 4 balls to spare.
Rohit Sharma was awarded the Man of the match award for his heroic knock.